- Aug 1, 2006
I agree the draft is a much better route to upgrade at WR especially for NE who are multiple pieces away, not an alpha WR like a Diggs or AJ Brown away.Count me in as someone who will be floored if the Pats get a top end WR. The need to upgrade the receiving talent is pretty obvious but I'm convinced that philosophically BB is far more in favor of "we need a bunch of good players" than "we need an outstanding player" (at least at non QB positions). I think he'd rather drop from 14 to 18 get the USC receiver and a new kicker in the fifth round and have the extra cap space to re-sign Bryant and Peppers than trade 14 for Hopkins, for example.
Trade back from 14 collect an extra 2nd, draft a JSN/Addison/Q Johnston in the late 1st then fix the OL/DB in 2nd & 3rd and grab a value RB in the 4th.
NE is in a tough spot with a lot of cap space in a weak FA class. I hope they don't make the same mistake as they did a few years ago and pay over market value on the Henry and Jonnu's of the world just because they can.